As a global partner of Bett, the UK show is always a special occasion for all of us at Microsoft in Education. As well as being a fantastic opportunity to meet with education leaders, teachers, support staff and learners of all ages, we are fortunate to be joined each year by representatives from many of the institutions we work with, who kindly give up their time to share their stories. By engaging with the wider audience and demonstrating the ways in which they have utilised technology to improve teaching and learning outcomes, we are able to showcase in real terms the ways in which Microsoft is delivering on its promise to empower the educators and learners of today to build the world of tomorrow.
Education technology in Scotland is in rude health, with many schools and individuals leading the way in digital innovation, inclusion, and best practices. We are incredibly fortunate to work closely with a number of those at the forefront of driving change and progress through digital learning, and are thrilled to be congratulating some of them on their recent awards.
We are pleased to share details of the Digital Transformation Conference hosted by Repton School on Thursday 8th June 2017. Exploring the issues in developing and implementing a digital strategy at a school, the conference is aimed at both primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sector and is free to attend. It will be of interest to governing bodies, senior management and senior ICT professionals in schools.
Fosse Way School, a special school for 209 pupils, a majority on the autistic spectrum, in Radstock, near the City of Bath has just had a complete update of the way technology is used for learning. In preparation for the change, Justin Philcox and Graeme Athey, respectively Principal and Assistant Principal of the school, engaged in a fundamental re-think of the place of technology in education in general, in special education in particular and, most immediately, in the context of their school’s needs and future plans.
#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.
All schools must balance the books. As a modern school leader, you can’t simply be a headteacher, leading a group of professionals in their practice; you must also be a chief executive. As recent financial crises remind us, a chief executive who doesn’t understand how their organisation’s finances work can put not only their own reputation, but the future of their whole organisation in jeopardy.
In partnership with TES we have recently launched a new educational hub, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. TES is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers, with a mission to enable great teaching by helping educators to find the tools and technology they need to excel and by supporting them throughout their career and professional development. They are home to the world’s largest online community of teachers, with 7.9 million registered users. This network is one of the fastest growing of any profession globally and helps to support, guide and inspire educators around the world.
At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot develop the 21st Century skills students require. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of schools and the impact school leadership can have when they are brought together around a community of professional practice. The Microsoft Schools program is a leadership-focused initiative to highlight innovating leading and teaching across globally recognised schools.
The Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme is an exciting extension of Microsoft’s commitment to education works by first identifying a group of schools demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning with technology, then supporting them as they share their expertise with schools that are climbing the learning curve. Five schools are offering a choice of six free Microsoft in the Classroom development days, consisting of interactive workshops devoted to Microsoft technologies, with particular reference to Windows 10, OneNote, Office 365 and its various and constantly evolving apps.
Three down, one to go… Hang in there! But what an exhibition it has been so far! It was another busy day on the Microsoft Stand and adjoining Partner Campus, with many other engaging activities dotted around the whole exhibition floor.